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# Housing Crisis

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# Housing Crisis
Homelessness: Record high of 10,975 people in emergency accommodation last month
In total, there were 7,633 adults accessing emergency accommodation in the last week of September.
Analysis: We can expect to see interest rates continue to march higher this week
Economist Victor Duggan looks ahead to the expected ECB rate hike tomorrow.
# Reaction
Housing minister welcomes mortgage rule change but concerns raised about house price increases
Concerns have been raised about increasing borrowing limits when supply remains low.
Extract: 'Governments made decisions that led to your housing situation - you are not to blame'
Housing expert Dr Rory Hearne shares an extract from his new book ”Gaffs’ released this week.
Student: 'In a country with top universities, it's disgraceful that we have nowhere to live'
Students deserve more than just barely surviving in college, says Mairead Maguire.
'I want the homeless number to come down': Short-term let controls on the way, says minister
Changes to the homeless HAP are also on the way.
# Questions answered
Explainer: There's a new rent tax credit, how can I avail of it and when will it be paid?
Does my landlord need to be registered? What if I’m on HAP?
# Homes
New Vacant Homes Tax targets unoccupied properties but there are some exemptions
It will be charged at three times the rate of the building’s local property tax liability.
Varadkar says Ireland’s ‘very high’ rents are ‘out of kilter’ with similar countries
It came after Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty accused the government of ignoring proposals that would “put money back into people’s pockets.”
Why are some TDs unwilling to call themselves landlords - when that's exactly what they are
Rory Hearne responds to an investigation by The Journal which found eight TDs own rental properties but did not declare rental income on the Dáil register.
# Housing Crisis
French Embassy warns new arrivals of 'severe housing crisis' and 'sharp rent increases'
It’s warned of ‘sharp increase in rents, which are currently much more expensive than in Paris’.
# Housing Crisis
'Six years ago we were in a bank's mortgage ad - now we're couch surfing'
There have been calls for the government to collect data on this kind of ‘hidden homelessness’.
# no room
Wheelchair user facing homelessness condemns lack of Government support
With few accessible options on the private rental market, little support is available for disabled people who fall outside social housing threshold.
# Housing Crisis
People with mental health difficulties struggling to find suitable homes in rental sector
One housing association is calling for investment in one-bedroom apartments, with some ring-fenced for people with mental health difficulties.
# Housing Crisis
Homelessness: Record high 10,568 people in emergency accommodation last month
In total, there were 7,431 adults accessing emergency accommodation in the last week of July.
# rental crisis
118 new cost-rental homes open in Clondalkin as housing minister says rental crisis is 'acute'
The rents are set at €1,264 for two-bed apartments and €1,297 for the two-bed duplexes.
Opinion: 'Tánaiste, Fine Gael's housing policy only benefits developers & vulture funds'
The SocDem’s Cian O’Callaghan responds to comments on the housing crisis made by Leo Varadkar in The Journal.
# Leo Varadkar
'I don't say it lightly': Housing crisis is a breach in the social contract, says Tánaiste
In an exclusive interview, Leo Varadkar also indicated the minimum wage is to increase.
Varadkar says the Government needs to have "another go" at fixing the housing crisis
Renters need more help, declares Tánaiste
However, Budget 2023 will not have all the solutions to fix property situation
# Housing Crisis
'It's quite demoralising': Dozens queue for over an hour to view three-bed rental in Dublin
People who attended the viewing said they faced a wait of over an hour to even get into the house.
# record high
Property prices have now reached the same level as the Celtic Tiger peak - CSO
The high follows a 14.1% price increase over the past year.
# Housing Crisis
Explainer: What rights do tenants have against eviction in Ireland?
The number of evictions this year has increased significantly, according to the Residential Tenancies Board.
# Housing Crisis
More houses come on stream as new data shows 'most completions per quarter since 2011'
Figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that apartment completions rose 88.1% in the last year.
# Housing Crisis
CSO: Property prices across the country rose by 14.4% in the year to May
Price inflation fell for the second consecutive month, however..
# Housing Crisis
Government to introduce strict new controls on short-term lettings
Opposition TDs have described the move as a big mistake.
# Housing Crisis
Call for Government to close rent pressure zone loopholes
The calls come amid reports that a US property giant plans to push up rents over current rent pressure zone limits.
# Housing Crisis
Future retirees in Ireland to face 'substantially' lower levels of home ownership, research warns
The finding was contained in a new ESRI report.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Are there 16 vacant homes for every homeless person in Ireland?
The claim was made by Cian O’Callaghan last week.
# Housing Crisis
Dublin ‘disadvantaged’ at recruiting nurses because of housing costs, regional health chief says
Mary O’Kelly says healthcare workers can’t afford to live in the capital.
# Housing Crisis
Daft report highlights largest quarterly gain in housing prices in nearly two years
The average listed price nationwide is up almost 10% on the same period last year.
# Housing Crisis
Explainer: Why are Ireland's homeless figures on the rise again?
Homeless organisations have warned the situation will only get worse without significant intervention.
# Housing Crisis
Red Cross says modular housing sites for Ukrainians should not be in isolated locations
The government expects modular homes for hundreds of Ukrainians will be constructed within a 16-week period.
# Housing Crisis
Ó Broin and O'Brien in war of words as Airbnb rejects recent claims about rental supply
A Sinn Féin bill this week would require online platforms to only advertise properties that are compliant.
Opinion: The last thing this housing market needs is a subsidy for developers
The Social Democrats are asking the government to scrap the subsidy for developers – Cian O’Callaghan explains why.
# Housing Crisis
Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says rents are out of control.
# Housing Crisis
More regulation of short-term lets on the way as charity says renters left with 'no options'
The Housing Minister at the weekend said the government is planning to take action in the coming weeks.
# Housing Crisis
Housing Minister says rising homeless figure a 'serious concern'
Figures released by the Department of Housing show that in March 9,825 people were homeless.
# Housing
Councillors criticise housing minister for cap on second-hand homes for public purchase
The total number of private homes that can be bought by all 31 local authorities is limited to 200 per year.
Dr Lorcan Sirr: Ukrainian refugees can be housed quickly and easily if government acts now
The senior lecturer in housing says the urgent need to house Ukrainian refugees may be what Ireland’s housing crisis needs, with political will.
# Ukraine
Under pressure: Military barracks and former convents may be needed to house Ukraine refugees
The number of refugees needing state-provided accommodation is increasing,” said Integration Minister Roderick O’Gorman.
# affordability crisis
92% drop in affordable properties in 10 months as opposition says housing crisis 'getting worse'
The Simon Community has called for HAP rates to be increased to deal with the rising cost of housing.